Jeffery K. Ward offers this advice if you are arrested or questioned by the police.

What should I do if I’m arrested or questioned by the police?

1) Be Calm

Don’t get into an argument with the police. It really makes a big difference during negotiations with the prosecuting attorney if you maintain your wits and don’t get into an argument with the police. Additionally, the police appreciate it, if you are calm and cooperative with them.

2) Don’t Make a Statement

You can be cooperative but that doesn’t mean you have to give a statement or do anything to incriminate yourself. Approximately 60% – 80% of the people who are arrested make the police’s case by confessing. Don’t do that! You don’t need to proclaim your innocence or describe the circumstances. You are not obligated to tell the police anything other than your name and address. You should not make a statement, even if you are innocent.

3) Don’t Lie to the Police

Lying to the police during an investigation is a crime. It’s much better to say nothing at all. You have a constitutional right to maintain your silence. Sometimes, people feel that they “don’t have anything to hide,” when in fact they do need to consult an attorney. So be cautious but never lie to the police.

4) Don’t be Intimidated

Remember that part of the police officer’s job is to get accused people to confess. But it’s better for you to maintain your silence, even if there is a threat of going to jail. If there is probable cause that you committed a crime the police are going to arrest you. You cannot talk your way out of an arrest. It’s better to let me work out the situation in court.